Giphy introduces dead simple GIF creation tools

21 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Giphy Finally Launches Its Own GIF-Maker.

The company unveiled a set of really simple GIF creation tools Tuesday, including ones to turn video clips into GIFS, a new uploader and a slideshow tool to make GIF mashups.

Earlier this month, Giphy COO Adam Leibsohn told me that Giphy has a bunch of new tools up its sleeves to help people make their own GIFs in a matter of seconds.“Obviously we’ve been using any kind of software that you can think of that’s out there, and then we started making our own internally,” Adam Leibsohn, Giphy COO, told Wired. “We know something works when we’re using it all the time.

Fortunately, the internet’s overwhelming love for GIFs has resulted in the creation of some pretty simple GIF creators, and Giphy is releasing a brand new one this afternoon. Giphy’s new GIF Maker just requires you to drop in a YouTube link, navigate to a starting point in the video, and choose how long the GIF should run for. This is definitely the right thing if we love it and we use it.” You can find a lot of sites that will allow you to make GIFs, which is perhaps why Giphy didn’t see the hurry in creating its own tool.

For those that want a bit more flexibility, Giphy also created a new Slideshow tool that allows people to combine multiple images, videos and GIFs into a single GIF. The tool functions a lot like the GIF Maker one, but Giphy notes you aren’t required to start with an existing GIF or video file to use the feature. “Drag and drop still images onto the Slideshow page to create a simple but powerful slideshow GIF,” the company writes in a statement. “You can also add pre-existing GIFs to your slideshow in order to add a little something extra!” Giphy is far from the first platform to offer such features — Imgur and YouTube already have free GIF-making tools of their own — but Giphy’s new features will likely be a welcome addition to those who already post and share GIFs on the platform. Also, it turns out that GifGrabber Co-Founder Andy Hin is a senior engineer at Giphy, so it makes sense that Giphy integrated the best of GifGrabber into GIF Maker.

If you get this screen, though, no worries: You’ll just have to look at the webpage itself for the start time, and the GIF creator will make the GIF anyway. You’ll do that by using the tools under the above screen: After hitting “CREATE GIF,” you’ll see a screen with a green progress bar (ours took about 10 seconds to complete), and then you’ll see the final screen—complete with sharing and embed options, and other such bells and whistles:

Neither tool is necessarily better than the other, though Imgur seems to create higher-quality animations and Giphy does a much better job with captions. For so long, the platform has had everything else you’d want from your GIFs: basic topic search, reaction-based search, curated collections, sharing options, Facebook and Twitter integration—even a selfie GIF maker, but not the real deal. We wanted to give people the easiest and best way to create GIFs.” Leibsohn says the team has been working on this particular incarnation for a couple of months, but that the thinking behind and the groundwork that’s been done was a part of Giphy’s DNA from the beginning. Giphy wants to be the first stop for different media creators—movie and TV show producers, digital artists, videographers, you name it—who want to use and make GIFs. Just last week, Twitter decided to take what feels like a hard stance against remix culture by pulling Deadspin’s and SBNation’s account, which was tweeting football GIFs from NFL’s broadcasts.

It might be a scary moment to encourage users to start making a media that so many social platforms remain wary of—but Leibsohn says Giphy (which says it’s DMCA compliant) is doing this the right way. “We’ve been really diligent about respecting the content owners and creators,” says Leibsohn. He also notes that “something fishy” could have been happening between the NFL and the publishers in order for the content to get pulled. “We’ve cracked the code to know how to do that correctly. We work with TV networks and we’re figuring that out.” “There’s a way to make it work with every content owner because you come to understand what their needs are and reach a place where its actually beneficial to everyone.”

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